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PS4 and Xbox One January 2020 Sales in the US Considerably Lower Than PS3 and Xbox 360 in January 2013

PS4 and Xbox One January 2020 Sales in the US Considerably Lower Than PS3 and Xbox 360 in January 2013 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 5,321 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US in January 2020, outselling the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to NPD. Video game industry analyst at The NPD Group Mat Piscatella via Twitter revealed the combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One after 75 months on the market are six percent higher than the combined sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 after the same amount of time.

Now senior analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad via Twitter revealed sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the US in January 2020 were "considerably lower" than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were in January 2013. Sales for the Switch "remain steady." 

Ahmad said there were multiple factors of the much lower sales in the PS4 and Xbox One. He said the price point for the two consoles have not changed for many years is one of the reasons. 

The early announcements of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with support for backwards compatibility is another reason, as well as a shift to HD gaming on multiple devices. One last reason he said was the delay of several AAA titles planned for a release in 2020. 



A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments
Shadow1980 (on 15 February 2020)

The PS3 & 360 sold a combined 483k in Jan. 2013. The PS4 & XBO were already lower than that last January, at 296k. If they're down even just 10%, that would put them at about 266k. And for what it's worth, Januaries have been rough months for the PS4 & XBO in general, for reasons that are not clear (my guess is that the increased importance of temporary price cuts during the holidays has give people even less incentive to bother buying a console in January; if they didn't get one in Nov. or Dec., they'll just wait for their tax returns). The best January for combined PS4+XBO sales was in 2017, with a total of 489k (they sold 413k in Jan. 2014, the only other January they cracked 400k combined). Meanwhile, the best January for the PS3 & 360 was in 2011, with 687k units sold; their worst during the generation proper was 460k in Jan. 2012, one of only three times they dropped below 500k in January before their replacement (in addition to the aforementioned Jan. 2013, they also came in at 499k in Jan. 2008). There was no way the PS4 & XBO were going to compare favorably to the combined PS3+360 sales from Jan. 2013.

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xMetroid Shadow1980 (on 16 February 2020)

The thing is Sony and MS wont be super aggressive with their old console for November and December which means this low january wont be saved by the holiday price cuts. I dont see the PS4 doing over 10 millions this year for that reason.

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VAMatt (on 16 February 2020)

Holiday price cuts pull all of the sales into November and December.

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sales2099 (on 16 February 2020)

Wonder if Switch has an impact because Wii certainly didn’t

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DonFerrari sales2099 (on 17 February 2020)

Didn't. PS4 managed its best year when Switch released and also had a great year the next year. The difference is really that last gen had late peak due to PS3 high release price and X360 even had second peak due to Kinect, both things aren't present this gen.

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2zosteven (on 17 February 2020)

No RROD on the Xbox side= less sales

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hunter_alien (on 17 February 2020)

Better competition from Nintendo, a more competent PC landscape, higher MSRP and lack of exclusives in the last year all lead to this. Is anyone even remotely surprised? It's obvious that both Sony and MS prioritized a lower, but better spending install base for the long run.

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DonFerrari (on 17 February 2020)

Have one word to show it easily "Kinect", and two words to develop on that "late peak".

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kazuyamishima DonFerrari (on 17 February 2020)

MSRP for PS4 is $299 (slim model) and $399 (PS4 pro). A few retailers are having a temporary promotion of SOME SKUs at $249/349.

The PS4 released in 2013 at $399.

So yeah, that’s basically the main reason why there is a decrease in ps4 sales and also the fact that PS5 is releasing this year.

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Otter (on 17 February 2020)

The Switches late arrival is also probably having some notable impact. There's no way its not stealing some potential late adopters from PS4/Xbox One. By this time in 2013 the wii was dead and the wii U DOA. This generation of consoles still has one price cut left in them so I'm sure PS4/Xbox One will keep gen to gen increase by 5-10%.

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kazuyamishima Otter (on 17 February 2020)

The PS4 MSRP is $299/399 in its 7th year but yeah the switch is stealing sales from PS4/Xbone.

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HylianSwordsman (on 16 February 2020)

Being up 6% one generation to the next isn't much. The 8th gen was weirdly frontloaded, as this January comparison shows. It's quite possible that the 6% figure might shrink even further or even flip in the 7th gen's favor by the time the PS4 and XBO are discontinued. It'll be close, closer than we ever expected given their 2013 launch numbers and early year's sales. As many have pointed out though, this is mostly from XBox slowing down, not the entire industry.

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DonFerrari HylianSwordsman (on 17 February 2020)

You are wrong, gen 7th had a very late peak and even second peak due to kinect and PS3 high release price. Gen 8th had a very regular sales curve.

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